Pool’s World 9-Ball Championship returns to Matchroom portfolio

The World 9-Ball Championship has returned to the Matchroom Sport stable after the agency acquired the rights in perpetuity to host the pool event from 2020, in what it claims is a groundbreaking agreement with the World Pool-Billiard Association (WPA).

The World 9-Ball Championship joins Matchroom Pool’s portfolio of major events, with the agency stating it will benefit from increased prize money and global television coverage. The 2020 World 9-Ball Championship will be staged from October 14-18 at a venue to be announced in due course.

Matchroom Pool previously staged the World 9-Ball Championship from 1999 to 2008 and said it will apply its promotion, television production and arena staging expertise to the event.

Matchroom Sport chairman Barry Hearn said: “We are making a big push on 9-ball pool and we’ve had a lot of success over the last 12 months, particularly with the US Open which was sensational in Las Vegas. But this will be even bigger for the world of pool.

“We’ll have 128 players, prize money will go up, the event will be open to men and women and it will be televised all over the world. This is a major addition to Matchroom Pool and I think a real huge benefit to pool players and pool fans all around the world.”

Ian Anderson, president of the WPA, added: “With Matchroom applying its most capable talents, it is highly anticipated this event will grow to be the biggest on our calendar.

“This is a real shot in the arm for our sport, nobody doubts Matchroom’s ability to promote sporting events, and we are very pleased to be associated with them. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship.”